There are a lot of blogs created everyday. That does not come as a surprise as blogging can be really profitable for a lot of individuals and a great way for businesses to build their online presence. Blogging is also fun and a great way to share your opinions, tell your story. A perfect tool for self expression! It’s sad though that most bloggers tend to quit when things get tough or competitive. For beginners, when no traffic comes to their sites or when ideas run out, the first option they choose is to just give up. If you want to be a successful blogger and reap the benefits of your efforts, I believe that there are certain character traits that you need to posses and hone such as these 25 traits of a successful blogger.
Willingness To Learn
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There is always something new to learn. Everything changes especially with technology. Striving to make improvements will help ensure that your blog is worth subscribing to and your articles worth sharing. Find ways to improve the content on your site and remain relevant to your readers. No matter what level you are there is always room to discover new skills that will help you become a better blogger.
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Persistence in blogging means you should continue to provide quality content no matter how you are feeling. Maybe you are having a bad day, experiencing the dreaded writer’s block. Everyone experiences this but what sets successful bloggers from the rest is how they can figure out creative ways to get off the rut.
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Another important trait every blogger has to master is time management. More often than not, you will be working on a deadline. Where your day will seem like you have your editors or clients needing your articles yesterday. One thing that has helped me in the past is to become aware of how I use my time. Find what activities eat up your time in the day. Learn to prioritize and develop organizational skills. Remember time is money, don’t waste it.
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Eloquence is an important trait not just for speakers but also for writers to possess. Using straightforward, easy-to-understand language will help your audience interpret your ideas and concepts easily. The more they can relate to you, the bigger the chances that they will engage and become loyal readers of your blog.
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There are a lot of blogs out there and many more being created everyday. It is a stiff competition getting new visitors to your site. A proactive blogger will not wait for any opportunity to come to them, they find the opportunity to reach out and people not just to visit their site, but become advocates and evangelists. Proactive bloggers will have a better chance of growing their blogs.
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This is an important trait for bloggers. Never plagiarize or steal content from other bloggers. Write original content always. The best way to help you achieve this is to write topics that you love and know a lot about. Being original and writing with your own voice will also set your blog apart from the rest.
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Being accessible as a blogger is important. You want readers and fans of your blog to be able to reach you through comments on your blog, via email and most especially through social media platforms. Conversation will allow you to grow and build relationships. Creating relationships with fellow bloggers and your audience is key if you want longevity and success.
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Gaining authority is huge if you want your readers to trust you and the content you write. Building credibility and thought leadership can be achieved through writing and curating relevant content for your niche. Those who work hard at it will definitely achieve success even in a competitive market.
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Writing articles is just the beginning of a bloggers workflow. Getting people to visit your site is part of the job. Thanks to social media, bloggers can easily now share their well written posts efficiently. Successful bloggers must learn to be social too. Not just sharing their own posts but also engaging and building relationships with other bloggers and with their readers.
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As I mentioned in trait number 5, successful bloggers need to also build relationship with other bloggers. Bloggers can’t work solo. There are so many benefits working collaboratively with other bloggers. You will have the opportunity to build a larger audience. You will also learn from more seasoned writers.
Can Take Creative Criticism
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No matter how great your content may be, you will always have people criticizing your work. One lesson that I learned early on was to allow people to share their opinion. If the comment or opinion was a creative criticism and I find it honest, I will act upon it.
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Blogging is fun but is a lot of work. You need to be consistent in writing fresh articles. Being disciplined is key to success. Set time to write, do your research and stick with it. Building relationships with your audience means you need to be consistent, not just with writing but also engaging with them on a regular basis through comment replies.
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Successful bloggers will always find ways to express their thought and feelings and put them into words that are meaningful to their readers. Thanks to technology, bloggers can share information through different media. Photographs, video and audio podcast to complement their text based posts.